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Holiday Diversions: A gift guide for your favorite scientist

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

November and the holiday season are upon us again. While it seems like only a few months since I finished last year’s guide, I have managed to locate a new crop of gift suggestions, containing both the unique and the unusual. First, let me suggest a little holiday music. Before you start thinking elevator music, this is not a CD containing the typical list of recycled carols.

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Effectively Defining LIMS System Requirements: How to launch a successful laboratory automation project

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Christine Paszko, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The first step of any successful laboratory automation project begins with clearly and succinctly defining the technical requirements of the data management system along with the laboratory manager, end-user, information technology (IT) personnel and all other stakeholder needs requirements. For many projects, this involves the creation of a team that will work to create flow diagrams that capture the business processes and rules

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The Smell of Money

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

It's not hard to recall the pungent scent of a handful of pocket change. Similar smells emanate from a sweat-covered dumbbell or the water emerging from an old metal pipe…

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Scientists "See" New Ocean Floor Just Before and After it is Created

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary research team from six institutions has for the first time successfully anticipated and chronicled a seafloor eruption along the global mid-ocean ridge, the most active volcanic system on Earth. The event along the East Pacific Rise…

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Walk This Way

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Nothing can possibly go wrong go wrong go wrong . The truth behind the old joke is that most robots are programmed with a fairly rigid "model" of what they and the world around them are like. If a robot is damaged or its environment changes unexpectedly…

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A Leading-edge Camera for Molecules

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg have visualized vibration and rotation in the nuclei of a hydrogen molecule as a quantum mechanical wave packet. What is more, this has been achieved on an extremely short…

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Is the Moon Still Alive?

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom says the Moon is dead. Conventional wisdom may be wrong. A team of scientists led by Prof. Peter Schultz of Brown University has announced evidence for fresh geologic activity on the Moon. Although lunar volcanism…

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Silent Knight

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

MIT and Cambridge University researchers will unveil the conceptual design for a silent, environmentally friendly passenger plane at a press conference Monday, November 6, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London…

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Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite stumbled upon a rare sight: two supernovas side by side in one galaxy. Large galaxies typically play host to three supernovas per century. Galaxy NGC 1316 has had two supernovas in less than five months…

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A Quantum (Computer) Step

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A University of Utah physicist took a step toward developing a superfast computer based on the weird reality of quantum physics by showing it is feasible to read data stored in the form of the magnetic "spins" of phosphorus atoms…

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Protect Lives and Defeat the Bullet

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Body armor with greater ballistics resistance is the aim of the research being carried out by Youqi Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kansas State University, with support from two U.S. Department of Defense agencies…

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The Dark Side of The Force

September 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

The peril of LIMS Web sites Randy C. Hice Help me Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.” “Will you stop saying that? And stop your whining, Cola Man, you know we can’t send Obi-Wan.” The only viable answer seemed obvious to me, but Cola Man was insistent. We stood at the railing of the Eagle Eye Shelter atop Mount Falcon, not far from Golden. I’m sure Cola Man was thinking about getting down the mountain in one piece to take the tour of the nearby Coors...

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R & D’s Dirty Little Secret

September 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Robin Y. Smith | Articles | Comments

Achieving an efficient discovery process Robin Y. Smith A majority of today’s research laboratories are awash in technology, productivity systems and knowledge management tools. However, to date, these proffered solutions have not manifested a tangible increase in the rate or quality of R&D discovery. So, what can one do? Is there a method that could change the status quo and dramatically alter competitiveness, innovation and effectiveness

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Tweaking Windows Explorer: It’s very easy to enhance usability

September 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

In dealing with users, I’m continually surprised by how many of them are jumping through Microsoft’s hoops to locate files with Windows Explorer. I suppose I shouldn’t be, given all of the detailed manuals and tutorials that come with Windows. When I’m working a site where the IT support personnel ghost all of the PCs with the same image, I’m even more befuddled by the default settings that they use to install Windows Explorer ...

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Between the Lines

September 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The evolution of revolutionary broadcast technology Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Introductions to the topic of data acquisition eventually include a discussion of sampling. This is not due to outmoded homage to tradition, but simply because we do not have the technology to record an infinite number of items. Our present paradigm of the universe holds that time is a continuous variable and, as such, can be divided into ever smaller increments until the...

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